TAKING A REST FROM MEDIA OBSESSION

Taking A Rest From Media Obsession
…and my own!

I’m taking a short break.
If you want a heart-to-heart or mind-to-mind,
we can talk about any concerns at
buddhainthemud@hotmail.com

When looking at the media – or any mass-communication –
read between the lines.
Observing our own reactions
tells us everything
we need to know.

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BUY INTO A SYSTEM, BUY INTO A PACKAGE

Buy Into A System, Buy Into A Package

Tradition is a system wrapped in a package.
We must open the package to see what’s inside,
otherwise we only adore the packaging.

Accepting answers without questioning
creates meaningless packaging that is stored in the mind.

When we question, we get answers.
That’s how it works.

Questions come from unsure experience,
when we are on the verge.
Questioning promotes ‘eureka’ realisation.

Eurekafrom Greek heurēka ‘I have found it’, uttered by Archimedes
when he hit upon a method to determine the purity of gold.

When we open up the packaging in our mind,
we determine and realise the purity of consciousness.

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WE ARE ONE WORD … PREDICTABLE

We Are One Word … Predictable

For years, I’ve wondered, “Could there be a word that would sum up unconscious beings?” That word is … predictable: always behaving or occurring in the way expected.
As long as we are governed by desire, aversion and indifference, we will be predictable.

It doesn’t matter what we say or do, we will react by falling into our pattern. We might say, “I am conscious!” but here, we are merely referring to the perception of some thing on an ordinary, semi-conscious, functional level. This downgrades consciousness, while the nature of consciousness itself is our true reality. Realising this upgrades consciousness to our ultimate truth, being aware that we are the nature of consciousness itself – and so we live accordingly. Now, we will no longer be mechanical as every moment is reviewed, bearing in mind that, as we are in a human form, we need to be able to communicate in a skilful manner rather than merely maintaining an unconscious charade.

Charade: an absurd pretence intended to create a pleasant or respectable appearance.
From French, from modern Provençal charrado ‘conversation’, from charra ‘chatter’

Science searches for predictability in order to know exactly how a thing comes about. The outcomes can be either beneficial or harmful, and for this reason, we need more than street level consciousness.

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TURNING LOVE INTO HATE, AND HATE INTO LOVE

Turning Love Into Hate, And Hate Into Love

If like can turn into love,
then dislike can turn into hate.

Sadly, we are not going to change the world in which we live: even the Buddha and Christ and Moses couldn’t do that. People will argue about anything and everything. Something praised will, at some point, be condemned, and likewise, something condemned will be praised. It’s the way of conflict, chaos and confusion.

Comedy, fashion, politics, dictators, religions, science, philosophies, guns, toys, sexuality, language, police attitudes, social attitudes … statues … all come to pass!  All are glorified, only to be condemned later and, in condemning, we set the new normal for further discord. That’s the trap.

When humans lose their sense of direction – their path to enlightenment – confusion ensues.

Luckily, there’s a path away from being constrained by our reactions to others’ ideas. This path is found within the esoteric teachings.

At every level, everyone is right, but that isn’t the complete picture. An age-old story exemplifies this: when several blind people touch one part of an elephant and describe it as reality, whatever they feel may be correct and be argued about, but that isn’t an elephant.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blind_men_and_an_elephant

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“THE DEVIL MAKES WORK FOR IDLE HANDS”

The Devil Makes Work For Idle Hands”

An idle mind is the devil’s workshop” :
an interesting piece of social engineering
to induce guilt.

When we are doing nothing,
we have time to contemplate the truth of our existence –
and we won’t want to better our betters!
😀

The word ‘idle’ means empty and useless. The devil (‘ingenious’ mind) wants us to be productive for its purposes, not ours. The wisdom of resting in our pure state of consciousness is useless to ‘ingenious’ minds as they cannot gain anything from us. We know what we need, and we know what we don’t need.

Our problem is that we have become so dependent on ‘ingenious’ minds that we forget that we are free, autonomous beings.

In the 4th century, the theologian Jerome expressed the idea that the devil finds work for idle hands: “If people don’t have anything to do with their time, they are more likely to get involved in trouble and criminality.”

Sloth is one of the seven capital sins in Christian teachings, but whether it’s a ‘sin’ or not depends on whether we are viewing it from a material or spiritual perspective. ‘Sin’ is merely a mistaken understanding, from an ultimate point of view.

To the dogma of a devil mind, realising and resting in our reality of pure consciousness may be seen as the cause of “trouble and criminality”, as a genuinely peaceful mind cannot be disturbed. 😀

Simply put, enjoy your own eureka moments of genius!

Idle: Old English īdel ‘empty, useless’, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch ijdel ‘vain, frivolous, useless’ and German eitel ‘bare, worthless’.

Genius: late Middle English: from Latin, ‘attendant spirit present from one’s birth; innate ability or inclination’

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“WHAT IS I?”

What Is I?”

In Latin and Greek, the word ‘ego’ means ‘I’. The moment we refer to I, we personalise consciousness.

What’s wrong with I? How did this I come about?
I is a mistaken identity; it is an attachment to consciousness.
We say, “That person has such an ego!” when, in fact, we all have egos that we carry around.

Our original consciousness is pure and empty of ideas; it is just aware, and reflects like a clear mirror. It’s doing that now, being spontaneously present. It’s what we are. It’s seeing these words. Look away from this screen and it’s still there, just being. It is like pure space – whatever we do in space, the space stays the same. Well, the essence of mind – pure consciousness – is like that. Whatever we stir up in the mind, essence (pure consciousness) stays exactly the same. We don’t have to do any spiritual conjuring tricks to see this – it’s just here, right now.

The mistake we make is asking, “Who am I?”

If we ask, “Who am I?” we will merely go round in circles,
because we will want to identify, failing to realise the pure experience.

Ask the question, “What is I?”

The essence of being is the mirror of pure consciousness, and ideas are reflections in that mirror. Whenever this essence identifies with the reflections and holds on to them, a false feeling of self is fabricated because now, that is all that consciousness sees. It forgets the seeing and it (or we) becomes caught and held. This clinging is maintained by our likes and dislikes which gradually become our ‘second’ nature. We hold on to our judgements about a situation, instead of acting accordingly to bring about harmony, dropping any fixations.

This is a totally different picture than the one we are taught. This world that we live in is all about boosting and bettering our I, our self image – and it is this that causes misery.

We will have some sort of ‘I-fixation’ until enlightenment. In the meantime, we use a ‘social I’ – a stand-in self image to which others can relate – in order to communicate.

Whenever we personalise consciousness, we limit experience,
and consciousness can never resolve into realisation.

Our fundamental nature is happiness,
free of all fixations.

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OH NO, NOT “HAPPINESS IS WITHIN” … AGAIN!

Oh No, Not “Happiness Is Within” … Again!

We have heard this time and time again,
but still we search for contentment.

Why?
Because it’s too simple, too ordinary.

Our true being is ordinary, without special or distinctive features. It is natural and normal openness. Pure consciousness. We are complete in this simple ordinariness.

Ordinary: from Latin ordinarius ‘orderly’, what is commonplace or standard.

This orderliness is common place because we are pure consciousness that is naturally happy, knowing and kind. Although we all be the same pure consciousness, but our expression is unique.

Still, we can recognise our oneness, our ordinary ‘gold standard’. We cannot love without it. When we see others’ expression as different, we lack love.

All through the ages, teachers have reiterated this same message. This is because wisdom recognises that the world within which we live has been led astray. The world hasn’t fallen into chaos; it has been designed that way by unscrupulous people who only want power, and who deceive us to buy into their trickery. Taking sides, we become divided from our true nature of happiness, and we do the deceivers work for them. Fantasies and elaborate spiritual goals are promoted, constantly causing doubt; we become confused and go off centre!

How would we recognise ordinary?
We have to be one to know one.

In true meditation, there is neither meditator nor meditation,
but just ordinariness, free of doubt.

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THOUGHT IS RECYCLED DATA

Thought Is Recycled Data

We show off our data …
… and it shows.

And then, there is Data Smog: an overwhelming excess of information.

We might think that the more information we have the more we will know – but more likely there is so much to sift through that we lose sight of wisdom, and become walking, talking smog. Both material life and spiritual life can become like that. Data controls computers and robots, and it’s what controls us too.

Below is computer terminology, but this can just as well apply to the human mind via all media, because we are the final recipients of data/ideas.

Ever heard of Ping Flood Attack?

Ping flood is an attack in which an attacker takes down a victim’s computer by overwhelming it with ICMP echo requests, also known as pings. The attack involves flooding the victim’s network with request packets, knowing that the network will respond with an equal number of reply packets … (TB – reactions!)

Social engineering attack techniques

Social engineering attacks come in many different manifestations, and can be performed anywhere where human interaction is involved. The following are the five most common forms of digital social engineering assaults:

Baiting

As its name implies, baiting attacks use a false promise to pique a victim’s greed or curiosity. They lure users into a trap that steals their personal information or inflicts their systems/mind with malware.

Scareware

Scareware involves victims being bombarded with false alarms and fictitious threats. Users are deceived to think their system is infected with malware, prompting them to install software that has no real benefit (other than for the perpetrator) or is malware itself. Scareware is also referred to as deception software, rogue scanner software and fraudware.

Pretexting

Here an attacker obtains information through a series of cleverly crafted lies. The scam is often initiated by a perpetrator pretending to need sensitive information from a victim so as to perform a critical task.

Phishing

As one of the most popular social engineering attack types, phishing scams are email and text message campaigns aimed at creating a sense of urgency, curiosity or fear in victims. It then prods them into revealing sensitive information, clicking on links to malicious websites, or opening attachments that contain malware.

Spear phishing

This is a more targeted version of the phishing scam whereby an attacker chooses specific individuals or enterprises. They then tailor their messages based on characteristics, job positions, and contacts belonging to their victims to make their attack less conspicuous. Spear phishing requires much more effort on behalf of the perpetrator and may take weeks and months to pull off. They’re much harder to detect and have better success rates if done skilfully.

(Taken from https://www.imperva.com)

Unless we are aware, we will not know what is going on in our mind.
Empty cache at least once a day through meditation.
😀

Cache: late 18th century: from French, from cacher ‘to hide’.

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DEALING WITH OTHERS’ KARMA

Dealing With Others’ Karma …
… is dealing with our own karma

Once we recognise our own karmic tendencies, this affects our behaviour (the product stored in the mind from our past reactions), and then we can start to recognise what drives others. It is here that either empathy or manipulation arise. Meeting of minds are educational and inspirational, and are our path to enlightenment … or hell 😀

We all want to benefit others and cause no harm, but we have to be skilful in this matter. We need to watch, listen and speak carefully, without exaggerating or escalating the situation. A non-judgemental space or atmosphere can release us from our karma. This is purifying, returning and resting within our original, pure state of conscious being.

Karma: where would we be without it?
😀

Just feel the love!

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ARE WE OPTIMISTS, PESSIMISTS OR REALISTS?

Are We Optimists, Pessimists Or Realists?

We can only know by looking at our own mind’s reactions.

From the dictionary:
Pessimist: believes that evil will ultimately prevail over good.
Optimist: believes good must ultimately prevail over evil.
Realist accepts a situation as it is, and is prepared to deal with it accordingly.

The ideas in the mind are our software, and the brain is the hard drive.
Our personal psychology affects the way we see the world,
because the ideas we repeat create a repetition that fixes our
brain’s neuron pathways in a particular way.
Both pessimism and optimism impose on a situation, so our view has a bias.

From Wikipedia:
“Optimism bias is a cognitive bias that causes someone to believe that they
themselves are less likely to experience a negative event.
It is also known as unrealistic optimism.

“Pessimism is a negative or depressed mental attitude in which an undesirable
outcome is anticipated from a given situation. Philosophical pessimists are
often existential nihilists, believing that life has no intrinsic meaning or value.

“Reality: existence that is absolute, self-sufficient, or objective,
and not subject to human decisions or conventions.”

We all hope that life will work out well for us, so we live in that hope.
When we find that it doesn’t work out well, we fall into disappointment,
dissatisfaction and misery, and so we live our lives in some sort of fear.
It is this dissatisfaction that can lead us to question our so-called reality,
to find our genuine reality.

If we can understand what has been driving us – our emotions such as hope and fear – we are then no longer controlled by emotions. After all, we were only following the hopes and fears of others.

We still have passion, but it’s now directed towards a refined potential.

What do you think?

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NOTICING OUR DREAM STATE

Noticing Our Dream State

When we are lost in thought, we are in a dream state. As ordinary beings, we don’t notice this as it’s our normality. We function in this state most of the day, as we are usually preoccupied; we actually do come out now and again, but don’t value this because we look for something more interesting.

In meditation – being aware -thoughts are we can clearly see this happening.
Suddenly we are not there – we are off somewhere.
Suddenly we see – and there we are!

If you notice this, celebrate! Noticing is being aware – we are free in the moment of seeing. When we constantly notice that we are in a dream state, we have realisation. This is what is called the unity of the two truths – ultimate and relative – the mirror and the reflection – heaven and hell. 😀

True being is being aware of whatever takes place in the mind. Pure consciousness is the mirror – the essence of mind – while thoughts are the reflections. Sometimes, there are no reflections, but just the senses experiencing, and everything is brighter.

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WE’RE NOT A WHO, WE’RE A WHAT

We’re Not A Who, We’re A What

‘Who’ is a person.
‘What’ is the information.

Person = persona = actor’s mask.
Information = something learned about the person/the mask.

A mask is a covering or a disguise, and has many thicknesses.
Information is whatever’s behind that mask, and has many levels.

We think we are a display,
when we are, in fact, pure consciousness
behind the display.

Know what you are, rather than who you are!

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DHARMA HAS TO BE PRACTICAL

Dharma Has To Be Practical

Dharma is not about adopting strange teachings and cultures. It’s about practical living, in harmony with our self and others. Of course, all spiritual paths can claim this, but the Buddha’s view is more penetrating. You may say otherwise, and that’s the point; if it works for you, then it works. It’s a continual process of investigation, analysis, stripping away and letting go.

Our self and others may not want to live in harmony, but that which just sees – penetrating consciousness – is free of bias, and is therefore harmonious. Our life is our teacher, and we deal with the consequences of our actions and reactions.

Dharma does not impose on our life.
Dharma is life as it is;
a recognition of clarity in confusion.
That is our path to realisation.

“But I don’t like my life, or the world we live in.”
What recognised and decided that?

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UNDERSTANDING OF BOTH POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE

Understanding Of Both Positive And Negative

Generally, we only want to hear nice things – nice ‘spiritual’ things – uplifting things to make us feel good. We don’t want to hear anything negative, but we have to be realistic to realise reality. Seeing the negative isn’t being negative.

The word ‘Buddha’ means awakening from the sleep of ignorance, having purified the dark fixations that obscure realisation. So we have to be aware of the dark side of our mind as well as the light side. In truth, they are one and the same thing, when appearances and recognition are simultaneous. To designate dark, light has to be already known.

Being told that we are enlightened and that we just have to realise this is a nice thing to hear – but that isn’t the whole picture. This enlightened view has to penetrate our thoughts and emotions, our self interest, which creates our habitual judgements, causing dissatisfaction.

The cessation of our obscurations is our work, our training and our practice.
That is why we are here.

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THE MAINTENANCE OF IGNORANCE

The Maintenance Of Ignorance

We all like a good story; it’s entertaining.
Comedians, philosophers, politicians, scholars, corporations, religions all tell stories.
The media, films, books, songs all tell stories.
We also have our own stories about past and future,
and we fall into the trap of repeating all these stories.

Aye, there’s the rub!
In repeating stories, we exaggerate their worth and become attached.
They evolve into little porky-pies (London slang for lies).
We may say, “So what? There’s no harm in stories.”

Those little porkies take the place of truth, and they stick in our head.
It’s exactly what happens with ‘holy’ text, isn’t it?
We listen to stories and believe them,
and then live our lives according to those stories.

We will never find the truth in a story; they are make believe.
Stories are ambiguous and confusing, and open to interpretation.
This creates tensions and divides people.
Who the devil does this?
We do. We feed off stories.

When we stop believing in stories, we can become disillusioned.
Now that is a perfect state to be in.
It seems only the disillusioned and the dissatisfied turn to the truth.

We may want to be learned, spiritual scholars,
but that doesn’t expose us to the raw experience of life.
Without that, how can we empathise with others’ suffering?
It takes one to know one.

To understand this, we need to look at the Four Noble Truths again.

  1. All existence is suffering and dissatisfaction. Our lives are a struggle, and we don’t find ultimate happiness or satisfaction in anything we experience.

  2. The cause of dissatisfaction is the mind itself, which created an ‘I’ identity that craves. We blame our difficulties on things outside ourselves, either grasping at them, or pushing them away. This places us at odds with the reality of life which is due to the karma we have collected, creating the life we have at present.

  3. The cessation of dissatisfaction comes with the cessation of craving. As we are the ultimate cause of our difficulties, we are also the solution. We cannot change the things that happen to us, but we can change our responses in order avoid more of the same.

  4. There are paths that lead away from dissatisfaction. The Buddha throws responsibility back on to the individual, because our path is undoing our individual confusion.

Thus:
We no longer believe in others’ stories.
We can no longer be manipulated.
We no longer blindly conform.

To put this simply …
we now know what we are doing!

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I’M NOT BUDDHIST

I’m Not Buddhist

I’m as Buddhist as the Buddha was,
and he wasn’t Buddhist either

😀

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BRANDING RECOGNITION IS SOCIAL ENGINEERING

Brand Recognition Is Social Engineering

It’s all about conveying ideas
that stick in the brain without us noticing,
causing us to live in a perpetual state of confused anxiety.

We are either exposed to crisis after crisis
or lulled into soporific drowsiness,
both of which has an effect on our brain.

Films with guns.
Games with guns.
News items with police with guns.
Wars.
Crippling economics.
Contaminated food.
Mental health issues.
Pointless religions … pointless music … pointless sit-coms …
… pointless theories that obscure genuine conspiracies …
… and going around in circles all seems normal.

Why would anyone want to destroy humanity’s equilibrium,
when humanity has so much potential to become enlightened?

The weapon used in social engineering is our reaction.
This creates chaos, confusion, suffering, separation, depression, illness and dependency … “Recommended for you.”

Brand recognition is the way in which we learn to be programmed to recognise consumer goods and philosophies, without knowing we’ve done so. At a subconscious level, the brain lights up and recognises before we are actually aware of the brand, logo, tag line, packaging or advertising campaign. Before we know it, the same happens when we hear or see a name, a uniform or robes, and even if we react against this, we are still programmed. We are conforming to a type.

Through customer profiling, those-in-the-know know what ticks our box and what doesn’t, and when they present us with something we like or don’t like … off we go!

Psychologists – and now A.I. (“recommended for you”) – know more about you than you do about yourself – unless you are aware of your mind’s tendencies. Demonic forces lie in ambush. Reaction? “Gotcha!”

The same goes for the packaging of religion and spirituality; we conform without thinking. Buddha’s vital message, “Do not take my word for it; see for yourself”, is the key to realisation.

The realisation is not in what we are told;
it is in the evidence of experience.

Don’t just agree with the uniform.
Test everything.
Question everything.
Your quality of life depends on it.

We are here to become unstuck.
At the moment, we are the Great Stuck-ness.
Enlightenment is the Great Unstuck-ness.

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TO BE SERIOUS OR NOT TO BE SERIOUS?

To Be Serious Or Not To Be Serious?

It all depends on what we’re talking about. The I? Consciousness? Our conduct? We have to understand what is of benefit and what is harmful, and which level we are speaking about.

Laughing everything off can either be reassuring or annoying. The Buddha said, “Not too tight and not too loose.”

At street level, the ‘I’ is our self that we take seriously; our self image is precious to us. Then, when we start on our path to realising enlightenment, this self isn’t taken quite so seriously. We do, however, acknowledge the fact that others take their selves seriously, and suffer as a consequence.

We realise that this I, this self, is our karma, which is our storehouse of reactions that come to the fore in all situations. Karma now becomes our (consciousness’s) teacher to show us our reactions and obsessions, and the degree to which we still take ourselves seriously.

Getting to the point:
When we start looking at the meaning of life, and why and how we got here, we come across all sorts of fancy stories. We go to churches, temples, synagogues, mosques and monasteries, and see a blaze of elaborations … it all looks pretty holy. It’s amazingly sophisticated – and a million miles away from where ‘I’ am. We either think, “I’m just not like that”, or we jump in with both feet.

Taking the package very seriously,
we may feel that it’s so magnificent
that we take a back seat, relinquishing responsibility.

Suddenly, a change occurs.
“Oh! I get it.”

Philosophies, religions, rituals, text, statues and glorious buildings
are only the warm-up event.

It is consciousness is the star of the show.
And consciousness always performs best when naked

😀

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WE WILL NEVER SEE THE TRUTH

We Will Never See the Truth
Until We Can Control Our Mind

Gently and slowly, take 10 breaths.
Breath in, pause. Exhale, pause. Count “One”.
Breath in, pause. Exhale, pause. Count “Two”.
And so on …

Be aware of thoughts, but do not follow them. If you do become distracted and forget what you are doing, go back to one and start again.

Gradually you will be able to do this without allowing any thoughts to occur. When you can reach 108, that’s pretty advanced (although we only have to count the breath for a moment or two to bring us back to realisation).

This is how we control our mind, stopping it from wandering and behaving in its habitual way. The ‘pause’ time – in which we notice that awareness is present – starts to lengthen as we relax. There is nothing else occurring, and we become more aware of awareness during the pause.

When looking into this awareness, we find nothing but awareness or consciousness. Finding nothing else, we realise that we are nothing but awareness or consciousness. The mind now ceases to control us. Thoughts will arise, but we know what is aware of these thoughts.

We don’t have to be perfect meditators. We just have to aware of what is happening in the mind, and that which is aware of those happenings. We may find (and will find) that the mind seems to become ‘worse’, with more thoughts. Good! This means we are noticing more.

When looking for the truth, we will never find it. It is only realised through becoming aware of that which is the seeing; that is the truth. We have been the truth all along. Stop looking. Just see.

One more step: when consciousness becomes aware of itself, it realises – in finding nothing else but consciousness – that that is pure consciousness, pure cognisance. That is the ultimate reality we seek. It’s not in a book.

Ordinary people can realise ordinary pure consciousness as, in truth, it’s nothing special. What is special is full realisation of enlightenment. You don’t see much of that around!

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ARE YOU STILL LOOKING FOR WORDS … I MEAN, PROGRAMMING?

Are You Still Looking For Words … I Mean, Programming?

😀
The mind needs to be provoked, or it will just snooze on.

When we read words in books (or blogs), we get ideas. When we listen to words during teachings, we get ideas. In chanting texts, we become religious. Through studying those words, we become scholars.

For some, words are enough. For others, this isn’t satisfying because we need actual experience of those words, otherwise life seems pointless as we can no longer live through others’ ideas – we cannot take their word for things.

  • Religious people (those who become bound) programme themselves by follow the rules through fear.

Religion: ‘obligation, bond, reverence’, perhaps based on Latin religare ‘to bind’.

  • Scholars programme themselves by following the words in the hope of finding something new.

  • Those who don’t care follow the crowd, and are programmed through indifference, while thinking they follow nobody.

In realising the influences of these three inclinations,

we develop wisdom and empathy through introspection.

No longer looking for words,
these come by themselves through realisation.

In our aloneness,
we are no longer alone!

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HOW CAN I BECOME PURE?

How Can I Become Pure?

We are nothing but purity – pure consciousness – for, without that, we wouldn’t be able to see clearly. We just have to get the picture straight, as it’s a bit wonky at the moment 😀

That which we call ‘I’ is an illusion as it is built up of ideas.
That which sees these ideas is the real you – pure consciousness.

We cannot be what we see, can we?
We are the seeing itself.

It doesn’t matter whether we’re gaming, looking at a financial paper, shopping, being with family, watching football, social media-ing, gardening, chatting away, loving nature … all the while, pure consciousness is present, just there doing nothing but being aware.

It’s like space. It doesn’t matter what happens in space, space does not change. Wave your hands around in front of you. Space doesn’t change. Pure consciousness is like that. Actually, time is like this too; time only exists because things have a beginning, a middle and an end within space. Time itself is timeless. Space is infinite. Pure consciousness is infinite.

Our problem is that we identify with activities so strongly that we lose sight of our original reality of intelligent space. We turn intelligent space into an intellectual space, inventing clever things to play with.

We don’t have to do anything in order to become pure, except drop attachments. We can still do the same activities, but they are no longer our whole world of entertainment.

This does not mean we can do anything we want because we are pure. That’s crazy talk, and often confused with ‘crazy wisdom’, which is actually skilful wisdom. Confusing these two is a huge danger. Power and imagination corrupt.

We need to be very skilful, kind and compassionate in the process of discovering our true nature of pure consciousness, as we do not want to create bad karma, bringing about unfortunate conditions for the future. Equilibrium is vital on the path to enlightenment.

The shock: what have we all been doing for so long? We are so used to crazy talk and crazy actions that they seem normal. ‘Crazy’ here mean to exaggerate; when we exaggerate, we embellish and elaborate our self with opinions.

We are nothing but purity. That is, first and foremost, our original essence, our first nature, but we have mistakenly acquired a second nature, a proud self identity.

We are nothing but purity.
We will always be the wisdom of purity.
We have never been anything else.

It’s folly to believe otherwise.
Freedom is realising
that we do not have to believe crazy people

😀

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IT’S OBVIOUS WHEN POINTED OUT

It’s Obvious When Pointed Out

So what is the problem?

Our reality – pure consciousness – has been obscured by distractions for millennia. The ancients knew the truth, and this essential teaching has been handed down to us.

We have, however, also been given or created substitutes for truth, adorning consciousness with a self image which is more important to us. We became clever gods. This deviation gave rise to our ignorance; being obsessed by desires and aversions – the coded software that controls our behaviour – we are indifferent to our true reality.

A situation occurs, our button is pushed, and off we go.
Hint; this won’t stop until enlightenment.

How does it all work? How do we work? Nothing is being said that you do not already know, inwardly.

These three supreme qualities of being are emptiness (uncontaminated), consciousness (the ability to know) and compassion (unconfined understanding of empathy).

Emptiness is our essence.
Consciousness is its nature, and its expression is unconditional compassion.

We care. We can all see this, as we know what’s right.

When we ignore the light of these supreme qualities, they turn into darkness as desire, aversion and ignorance.

These qualities equate like this:

Emptiness, when ignored, fills with desires.
Consciousness, when it forgets emptiness, starts judging these desires and creates aversions.
In judgement, we lose Compassion, and ignore or become indifferent.

On an unconscious level, that’s how we work.

NB Ordinary judgment is holding on to ideas about someone or something which becomes our permanent state. Enlightened judgement is the ability to discriminate between benefit and harm in the present moment.

There is joy of seeing the obvious, and this does not have to be worshipped or become a religion. It is actually common sense. 😀

Special teaching?
No.
It’s obvious when we see it in action.

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ADDICTION TO THE FEAR OF MISSING OUT

Addiction To the Fear Of Missing Out

Not satisfied with our lives, we wonder if there’s more ‘over there’. We all do it but, if we become addicted to this behaviour, there will be no end to it. Life presents us with whatever we caused, and that is what we have to deal with. Others have their own karma – the result of past actions and ideas.

It may not be easy to live a simple life as we’ve been snowballing with activities for a very long time. Calming down and dealing with whatever is presented now is important as it focuses our mind, and, more importantly, gives us time and space to rest easy. We are not biting off more than we can chew.

When we have time to consider things, we can become more creative and enjoy life – our own inner circle. Death is never too far away, so we don’t want too many regrets about wasting time and space running around, trying to find ‘where it’s at’.

We are where it’s at already.
We are never without pure consciousness
because we are pure consciousness.

That’s what we are missing.

In this way,
there is no need for pride or jealousy.
We practise generosity, patience, morality, discipline, concentration,
and wisdom-realisation.

Anything that comes within that atmosphere
is dealt with in equanimity.

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BUDDHISM AND CULTURE

Buddhism And Culture

Buddhism is about creating a culture of genuine wisdom and kindness through direct seeing of the nature of mind. It isn’t about adopting another culture to overlay our own.

The prerequisites of a kind culture are generosity, patience, conscience, discipline, concentration and wisdom/realisation. Of course, we don’t need to be Buddhists to do that; we could be Buddhist-wise or Other-wise in our own back yard. A group or tradition can give us the appropriate help to remind us, and to keep us on the path.

The Tibetan Buddhist culture has its roots in the Bon tradition, and is based on wisdom and kindness; it is a perfect reservoir for wisdom knowledge. Tibet has no country of its own now, so it has to keep Tibetan-ness alive by maintaining its culture (all cultures do this when they move to another country, and we all become enriched by this gradual integration, as long as it doesn’t take over). We can support Tibetan culture, but we don’t have to become Tibetan. The essence of spiritual teachings is beyond culture as it’s to do with consciousness. Remember that Buddhism came out of the Vedic tradition, which was the culture of the Buddha.

We make the teachings our own by taking them to heart,
internalising them and living them
in accordance with our level of understanding.

And there is the dilemma …
There are many levels (yanas),
each having its own culture.

As we transcend the levels,
the influence of culture diminishes..

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‘WOKE’ IS THE GREAT CONFIDENCE TRICK

‘Woke’ Is The Great Confidence Trick

‘Woke’ pretends to be awake,
but “woke” merely mean awake to some injustice,
rather than the wakefulness itself.

‘Woke’ is an insidious induction
giving rise to agitation, and therefore dullness of mind.
Making a noise confuses the mind.

Remember: we are awake.
When we know we are wakefulness itself,
we have perfect confidence.

If we expect wakefulness to be more splendid,
then we are deluded.
Wakefulness is spontaneous presence of being.

Spontaneous presence is pure consciousness
that sees all the tricks
as these are anything that causes a distraction.

It is empty cognisance that sees clearly.

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WE DON’T REALISE THAT WE ARE BELIEVERS

We Don’t Realise That We Are Believers

The world has always been divided
into believers and non-believers.

We are all believers until we know.

There are believers who believe in an life after death,
whereas non-believers believe otherwise.
Likewise…
There are believers who believe this life is the only life,
whereas non-believers believe otherwise.

No one makes us believe;
we make believe ourselves.

It doesn’t matter what we believe,
true confidence and happiness
are the pure state of consciousness.

Anything that appears in the mind (the illusion)
is spontaneously recognised by pure consciousness.

When we see, we know.

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NOBODY CAN GIVE US FREEDOM

Nobody Can Give Us Freedom

Nobody can give us freedom.
We have to realise that we have always been free.
We may be limited in a material sense,
but pure consciousness is free.
Never doubt that.

Society is a place of confinement.
The deluded inmates try to convince us
that this prison is our reality.
It may seem innocuous, real and safe, but limits our view.

When we realise this, we can happily exist,
as this confinement has no reality.
We can work within it when we know that we are free.

A teacher can help us,
but seeing the inmates’ behaviour
reveals the ‘reality’ of our situation.

 

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WHY IS REALISATION HAPPINESS?

Why Is Realisation Happiness?

Why is realisation happiness?
It is a release from misery.

Realisation isn’t a gain, it’s a loss.
We lose all that hopes … and fears … and ignorance.
🙂

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DON’T TRY TO WAKE UP WHEN YOU’RE ALREADY AWAKE

Don’t Try To Wake Up When You’re Already Awake

We hear about people claiming to be ‘awake’, but awake from what?

We are all pure consciousness and, as such, are naturally awake, but we ignore this reality in favour of something illusory and banal. We mistake our acknowledgement of the imprisoning machinations in society as freedom when, in fact, we are still in a mental prison of ideas, dreaming of freedom.

The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. Power corrupts so, if we fight against corruption – and even win – we are now the corruptible. Pure consciousness is the compassionate intelligence above and beyond such things. Pure consciousness does not want power; it is power. It is awake now, and its expression is empathetic compassion.

In this new world order of things, people are claiming to be awake by trying to escape, rebelling against repression and propaganda within this physical world. In try to survive, we ignore our mental prison. We’re all in the same boat of wanting to be free when we are free.

Trying to wake up when we are awake is counter-productive and has the opposite effect, whereby we stay in our dream world. Mara (demonic activity) knows and exploits this. Becoming politically, economically, socially, spiritually involved in human affairs, we lose sight of our actual reality.

We are not going to change the world. Mara has organised repression for decades to come. Through the weapon of technology, propaganda is pumped out, day by day.

When we do wake up, we see that we see – and that is the freedom we seek. No one can pull the wool over our eyes again. Without holding on to this seeing, we just see, and can no longer be exploited.

Why is realisation happiness?
It is a release from misery..

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HUMANS ARE ENLIGHTENED BEINGS

Humans Are Enlightened Beings

So why have we become consumers of superficiality?
And why, when seeking out our natural wisdom, is it made so complicated?
Are both superficiality and complexity actually dumbing us down?

The simple truth:
We are enlightened consciousness,
distracted by superficiality and complexity.

How do we realise this?
Look, see and drop any attachment.
We can still engage in superficialities and complexities,
but we don’t have to see them has having any true reality.

Why don’t we realise this?
We are still drawn to superficiality and complexity
which arise when we become consumers of information.

We realise our enlightenment individually.
Don’t take a Buddha’s word for it:
look, see, and drop any attachment.

The Buddha didn’t make the teachings complicated
so that only a few can understand.
The teachings are about what we naturally are.

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WE ARE PRIMED TO CONFORM

We Are Primed To Conform

Programming: a prewritten script.

The collective is guided and divided.
This why none of us has an original idea.
We have been primed to go off!

The moment in which we see,
we are free not to react.
Reacting is the prime intention.

There is no new ‘news’ under the sun.
😀

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THERE IS NO OTHER GOD BUT OUR SILENCE

There Is No Other God But Our Silence

There is no other God but our silence.
In silent clarity, everything is answered.

Our only problem is that we make and enjoy noise.
Silence departs.

There no other God but our silence.

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SELF-CONTROL; SELF-MASTERY

Self-Control; Self-Mastery

It’s easy to say, “Self-control” and “Self-mastery” but, with so much distraction, this topic may be difficult to comprehend. We usually take self-control and self-mastery to denote holding back our reactions, but here, it doesn’t mean that.

‘Holding back’ is an antidote, and antidotes do not solve the problem; they cover it up. It’s like saying, “Be nice”, when we feel angry. We can be nice, but the feeling of anger will return because the cause has not been addressed. Reactions will always come back, so we need to find where those reactions came from.

When we identify with thoughts in the mind, we become more involved and captured by the idea of ‘me’ and ‘my thoughts’. This identification with thoughts creates our I, our self. Notice we say ‘our’; this is actually consciousness – that which sees. The more we realise that it is consciousness that sees this self-identity in action, the more control and mastery we have over our display of expression. This isn’t an antidote; it is an understanding.

The self is a collection of ideas with which consciousness identifies, and we keep making the same mistake.

The Dharma is a series of teachings that helps us to undo our uptightness. The Dharma isn’t about learning a script to repeat; it is about personally investigating what is happening in our mind, which affects our behaviour. This is more than psychology, which is based around the contents of the mind; this is spiritual psychology based around consciousness – that which is aware of the mind’s contents.

There aren’t many who are interested in discovering their reality or how a self is created. They just accept their thoughts as their reality, and bulldoze their way through life. If we only believe and obey our thoughts, we are no different from a robot. If, on the other hand, we ask questions about our self, we awaken to a new light of being.

When we react out of habit, we have no self-control or self-mastery. We only believe that we have.

The test is to think about someone whom we dislike, and see if we can remain neutral from the reaction. Let’s say we have an aversion to someone because they dislike others: without noticing, we have fallen into the ‘dislike camp’. Dislike is aversion, which is a fear that leads to hatred.

Our mind reacts to names and symbols.
It’s called ‘brand awareness’.
We mentally salivate, just like Pavlov’s dogs.

If we do not have self-control
others will control it for us.

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DEALING WITH OUR ANGER

Dealing With Our Anger

We all get angry at some time about some thing,
but in truth, we experience each emotion at some time.
All the emotions are wisdom;
anger is mirror-like wisdom.
This is subtle stuff.
😀

We first have to realise – or accept, or acknowledge – the possibility that we are not only consciousness, but pure consciousness. Pure consciousness is uncontaminated seeing, and is totally objective; we see perfectly, before our comments and judgements arise. This is the subtle appreciation of our being – seeing and the thing seen.

In ordinary understanding, seeing and the thing seen are a duality while, in ultimate realisation, seeing and the thing seen are a unity of non-duality. This is extremely subtle realisation.

Okay, so … when an emotion such as anger arises, what was happening just before that anger? In the first instant, there had to be seeing. We saw something that we then thought was wrong. A picture on the wall is wonky; seeing this, we may experience a subtle irritation and have to put that picture straight. Anger is connected to fear and desire, as we desire things to be right and we fear that no one else sees this … mutter … mutter … mutter … 😀

Sometimes, there are wonky people out there, and we feel that we have to put them straight as well! But before this occurs, there is pure seeing; something we see is wonky (off-centre, unstable) with that person. Even when acknowledging the smell of a beautiful flower, before that acknowledgement there was just seeing and smelling. It is the same with all the senses: in the first moment, there is pure perception, pure consciousness and so, before our interpretation and analysis, there is observation.

The funny thing is that, when we react, it is we who become unstable and wonky! This what happens when we listen to or watch the ‘news’ – our reaction destabilises us. 😀

To get to the point …
We are pure consciousness. In the very first instant of seeing something, the mind brightens. It’s alerted and, in that moment, is pure wisdom. So that seeing, that brightness, is the light of clarity, which is pure consciousness, our first nature (to stay constantly in this state would be enlightenment.) The emotion reminds us to return to our true, compassionate nature, which is compassionate because we see what others do not while empathising with forgetting our true reality.

Now, through clarity, we can address the situation
without anger and harm.
😀

The point is that our calmness and insight create an atmosphere that is pacifying. We become a reminder of what people already know.

There are four enlightened activities in Buddhism: pacifying, magnetising, enriching and destroying – bringing an end to ego’s games (enter ‘the four enlightened activities’ in the search box at the bottom of this page for more detail).

We are free in the moment of seeing.”
– Tulku Urgyen

Once we see, it isn’t subtle any more.
It’s obvious.

The more powerful the emotion,
the more powerful the wisdom.

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WE LIVE IN A PREDICAMENT

We Live In A Predicament

First, we have to recognise our predicament, and then know what to do about it. We live in a world of suggestions and beliefs – a conventional reality, where vertical thinking is used as logic, based on what is generally done or believed.

This creeping predicament goes unnoticed. In chess, pieces are cancelled out while a pawn slowly advances to become a queen before the opponent does the same – unless we are playing an inferior opponent, when a mate is possible; an inferior opponent doesn’t see either the impending mate or the advancing pawn.

We live in a predicament of feeling powerless, seeing the extent to which massive wealth can control and have power over people’s lives. As ‘inferior’ pawns, we constantly threaten this power by realising our own power.

If we don’t notice the predicament we are in, our sovereignty – our supreme power of pure consciousness – will become addicted and fixated on the game.

Solution: we don’t have to be drawn into others’ games. We can still play, but not take it seriously, as pure consciousness cannot be conquered. In the light of this, we remain the authority over our self, instead of giving it away to others.

Our predicament is brought about by believing only in conventional wisdom as opposed to ultimate wisdom. Conventional wisdom is vertical thinking, whereas ultimate wisdom is lateral thinking.

Vertical thinking is karmic; a state of being, a condition, a fixed situation.

Lateral thinking is the solving of problems using a new and unusual light; we start from the beginning, asking “What is it?” and “What is its basis?” Lateral thinking is seeing first, rather than thinking or assuming.

There is nothing religious about this;
it is pure science.

Conventional science is science fiction,
as it dwells on impermanent phenomena
which has no reality of its own.

Pure science is the fact of continuous consciousness
that sees impermanent phenomena.

If we miss this predicament,
we have lost the plot.

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DHARMA PSYCHOLOGY CLEARS ALL BLOCKAGES!

Dharma Psychology Clears All Blockages!

Information is something that forms or shapes our mind. If we listen, watch or read any form of media (information), it will influence us; all media is a programming machine. And this is why the Buddha told us not to take his word, but to test for truth. The Dharma clarifies our processing.

Phrases, songs, fashion, games, books, films, news, the internet all become mind worms that bury into our brain – and reactionaries shouting, “Freedom freedom!” is all part of the charade. Reacting to an illusion is delusion.

News?
It’s all rumour, suggestion, mind-blocking psychology.
Dharma psychology clears all blockages!

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RIGHT THINKING IS REASONING

Right Thinking Is Reasoning
Wrong thinking is fixating

To survive as humans, we need to be able to think and reason. Once we know how to survive, we then have time to reflect on what is life all about. Of course, we could go on enhancing our survival techniques with expensive ideas, but that takes us into the land of beliefs and fantasies.

Once we ask sincere questions about life, our attention turns away from merely surviving and believing, and we attract inspirations (well, that’s how it feels 😀 ).

Thinking in conventional relative terms, we are only working our way to the top of the pile of collective confusion where the mentally blind inspire the mentally blind.

To accomplish anything, we need to reason. If, however, our mind becomes bogged down with prejudice, we won’t be thinking clearly and our view will be skewed; instead of asking question objectively, we blame and find fault. This is what makes us go round in circles = Samsara.

Once we realise the answer we seek – that we are what we have been looking for all along – our reasoning changes. We still face the same difficulties in our conventional life, but now we don’t take them too seriously. A problem brings us back to balance because there is the next moment to address and therefore we let it go. That’s where the fun and creativity lies!

On a conventional level, reasoning can be fun and creative, but we tend to cherish it, claim it, and want to be recognised for it. That’s the danger of clinging – it makes us unhappy.

The joy of letting go maintains the continuity of that joy, as there is always something else to deal with. Making do and mending is satisfying as karma is being dissolved, and we are freeing contamination.

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NEVER EXAGGERATE EVIL OR JOY

Never Exaggerate Evil Or Joy

The Joy Of Seeing Evil
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These two concepts ‘evil’ and ‘joy’ may seem distant from our experience as we might think that only bad people are evil, and only holy people have joy. This isn’t so! In fact, the promotion of this misunderstanding is evil in itself.

Evil is anything that hides the truth about our true reality, while joy is to rejoice, to experience triumph and satisfaction. Completing an action or solving a problem is satisfying, which results in joy. Wanting or expecting goose-pimple euphoria is a pipe dream. Likewise, evil is the wanting and expectation which means that we do not recognise the inner joy already present.

As you can see, there are many levels of understanding of these two words. As long as we are led to believe in mystery, we will remain deluded. There is no mystery; the magicians have merely conjured up an illusion so that we do not recognise our origin, pure and simple.

Even meditation can become a obstacle if we only want to feel nice, instead of waking up to the realisation of our true reality.

The joy of seeing evil lies in the recognition of arisings in the mind which distract us. In this way, we are released.

‘I’ does not exist.
Before ‘I’ is pure consciousness.

Just stop.
Remain silent … and there you truly are.
Experience the joy of realisation.

Now, know evil can obscure this reality.
Now, no evil can obscure this reality.

 

 

Evil: harmful or tending to harm. (hides truth, because truth is our reality).

Joy: from Old French joie, based on Latin gaudium, from gaudere ‘rejoice’. (triumph/satisfaction)

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CUTTING THROUGH EXTREMIST VIEWS

Cutting Through Extremist Views

We are all extremists
when we react.

The practice of Trekcho.

Traditionally, this practice is the Tibetan Nyingma method of seeing the arising of thoughts (or emotions) before they are fully formed, thus cutting through them to remain in equanimity of pure awareness. This gives rise to the term “appearances and recognition are simultaneous”, and this is the key to avoid becoming an extremist! It’s just a matter of seeing; “We are free in the moment of seeing” – Tulku Urgyen.

Never forget that we can still have fun in generosity, patience, discipline, conscience, concentration, and wisdom.

In this way, a true practitioner elevates their humour automatically but, for the rest of us, we need to understand the reason for this practice. It’s a shock to realise how extreme we have become, when we believe the projections in our mind that colour our view. Our view is opposed to the view of pure consciousness, which is the first instant of perception. Pure consciousness is the middle way, not too tight and not too loose. The extreme view is my way, in which we end up either up-tight or we don’t care.

… and we thought we were normal!? 😀

We are all extremists when we ignore or forget our non-dual reality of just seeing. Really! In just seeing there is neither seer nor thing seen. And this is the point: in pure consciousness, there is just a clear view without judgements.

Extremists, on the other hand, are dualists – me and other. They are separatists, ambivalent and full of doubts. This leads to confusion, opinions, fear, argument, aggression, and hatred. It’s all linked.

It’s easy to see extremism in others, but this isn’t the point; we have to acknowledge this extremism within ourselves in order to regain inner peace. If we just react – or rather, our mind just reacts – then we have lost our sanity.

This is the reason we cut through concepts in the mind. We cut through bias. It doesn’t mean that we don’t do anything about extremism: the moment we recognise it, this view loses its power. If someone abuses us and we neither react nor accept it, that abuse returns to its maker.

Belief is extremism when we are faced with the reality of actually knowing. First, we have to know what reality is. For most, their everyday events are the reality, but these events are not only temporary, they take place in our mind. This isn’t a philosophical idea; the mind is where we interpret whatever is perceived (our way) and react. We are so engrossed with the material world that we simply ignore the source or origin of the observation, which is consciousness itself.

It’s important to be kind to our extremisms. This isn’t to excuse them, but we recognise that they arise through influences around us. Remember – we are free in the moment of seeing!

How did extremism come about?

When talking about pure consciousness, we are concerned with the inseparability of emptiness and cognisance = pure consciousness. This is the middle way between eternal-ism (everything is real )and nihilism (nothing is real).

If we only consider emptiness (a pure, uncontaminated state) and forget consciousness, we can drift into nihilism, where nothing seems real. We reject all religious and moral principles in the belief that life is meaningless and, as a result, we doubt, and become negative and depressed.

If, on the other hand, we only consider consciousness and forget emptiness, we consent to believe that everything is real, and we want to ‘own’ everything. Life becomes a positive desperation. We want everyone to believe in our philosophical, political and religious views.

Confused, we can also oscillate between these two views. All we have to do is be aware of what we are doing; that is being free in the moment of seeing!

It’s worth noting that, every day, we see more extremism and confusion in the media. The media projects extremism, and people react to this, thus maintaining extremism.

The shock

This is the type of world in which we live.

So …

Cut the crap.
Get to the point.
Recognise reality.
Gain confidence,
and rest in that reality.

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SLIPPING INTO SELF-KNOWING AWARENESS

Slipping Into Self-Knowing Awareness

Slipping into self-knowing awareness happens
when we slipped out of
our dream state, our routine, our personal goal.

We assume that we are aware, but this awareness is only concerned with whatever is perceived, rather than the self-knowing awareness that is our accurate reality. We may think, “Well, what does that matter?” The truth is that, if our attention is always drawn to phenomena and how we can get our own way, we will never know our first reality of consciousness that is self-knowing, and we will be led by the nose and completely controlled.

Our conventional reality is merely a projection on the wall of our mind that we believe to be real and obey, just as Plato described in his cave projections of shadows on the wall. It’s a shock to realise that we do not see that we see.

Self-knowing awareness is consciousness just seeing, without ideas or comments present. In the first moment, we are pure awareness, but we slip out in the next moment because of personal desires. Spiritual practice is merely remembering which one is real – the seeing or whatever is seen.

When we know that the just seeing – self-knowing awareness – is our reality, whatever is seen – all appearances – are merely a reminder. This is the union of heaven and hell! So, there is nothing to fear … ever!

We suffer from a mind virus; the clarity of self-knowing awareness heals this infected mind. Slip into something more comfortable today!

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THE PYRAMID OF AWARENESS

The Pyramid Of Awareness

At each level of consciousness, we don’t recognise whatever is above or beyond until we have a conflict with where we are now, when we experience the suffering of dissatisfaction, which is the first noble truth.

If something from above is said to someone below at the wrong time, they neither hear it nor recognise it. This is how teachings are self-secret, and it is for this reason that we might go a lecture and fall asleep! Been there, done that 😀

It’s possible that someone with knowledge from above will try to lord it over someone at a lower level; lacking compassion, they are on a different pyramid. It’s only when we take a teaching to heart – experience it for ourselves – that it makes sense, otherwise it just seems ‘boring’ (in a can’t-understand way). As long as we stay bored, we will look for something easier and more ‘interesting’ that we can do for years, decades, a life time…

We may want ‘special, secret teachings’, but these only come about when we are truly dissatisfied and disappointed. The truth is that the higher we go, the more transparent things appear, as everything – including self – is just a temporary event, and inherently empty of reality.

Secrets are not kept from us.
Mysteries are for those who are mystified!

We’ve all heard of the pyramid of the-all-seeing-eye; this pyramid of control has its opposite of all-seeing pure consciousness of freedom.

It’s best to know which pyramid we are climbing.
The knowledge is the same in both,
but one culminates in the wisdom of emptiness
while the other ends in tears.

The controlling pyramid is a mind virus.
The pure consciousness pyramid is the healer.

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I DON’T WANT TO MEDITATE

I Don’t Want To Meditate

I don’t want to meditate.
Then don’t.
Just be aware of being aware.
That’s not difficult, is it?

That’s just being ‘normal’, and that’s meditation.
Don’t make it into a thing.
Sit with a straight back to breathe naturally.

Short moments many times: Become aware of awareness. Rest in that. Drop it. Relax. Become aware of awareness …

We can do this at any moment throughout the day, just bringing awareness to mind. That is being conscious of being conscious. When nothing else is occurring, that is pure consciousness – our ultimate state. Gradually, these moments join up.

Being aware, we notice everything outside and inside – phenomena and our reactions – but we don’t hang on to whatever is perceived, as that only creates emotions. We don’t hang on to the meditation, – being aware – either; we just rest in naturalness. When we notice we are drifting off or becoming involved in thoughts, we come back to just being aware. It’s important to note that, while perceiving through the senses, there is no thought present; that pure perception is still meditation.

We may ask, “So what’s so great about that?” Well, the mind becomes clearer, and less cluttered and emotional. We are more at peace, less stressed, more amenable. Life feels good. When problems occur, we don’t panic and react out of habit, but just deal with them in the best way we can, without making things worse. We are learning, and training the mind. In the collective way of life, we are not complete beings – we are reactionaries! As practitioners, we are totally in control.

If this isn’t good enough, then wonder why.
If we have questions, then we have answers.
If we become indifferent and have no questions, we will think things just happen. Our life is born out of chaos and confusion, and so we fight with everything and everyone. It needn’t be like that; we can reason and understand.

Note well.
No one ever became enlightened by meditating.
Enlightenment is dropping the meditation.
Just being aware.

We only meditate when we forget awareness,
so when we are aware again, we drop the meditation.
Simple.

Just being aware is pure consciousness,
the real life within.

Meditation – don’t make it into an exotic thing!
Don’t copy others.

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THE TRICK OF ‘BEING HAD’

The Trick Of ‘Being Had’

Entrapment:
to fight, find fault or complain
is to be captured by illusions in the mind,
making them seem real.

Ignorant of true consciousness, we spend our life trying to put chaos right – thereby making it worse. This is living in a Samaric existence, going round in circles, fighting, finding fault and complaining in the search to realise happiness, while, in fact, this behaviour lowers our reasoning and intelligence.

Being intelligent is being objective, not influenced by personal feeling or opinions when  considering and representing facts about ultimate reality. When we take any side, we fall into bias due to desire, aversion and ignorance.

If we look for a cause of our confusion and dissatisfaction, we will find the answer. The answer is all in the seeing rather than in the fighting, complaining or finding fault. We cannot escape going round in circles if do not see the paradox: a paradox is a situation from which an individual tries to escape the illusion but ends up reifying it.

It’s called ‘being had!

Realisation is stepping out of the illusion.
We will all go round in infinite circles
until we realise our infinite essence.

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WHAT LAMAS AND GURUS DO NOT KNOW OR TALK ABOUT

What Lamas and Gurus Do Not Know
Or Talk About!

The world has been driven into mass dependency, creating an addiction through social engineering to distract us from the truth of our reality.

Is something being hidden from us? Yes. Our absolute being. Our culture is something that cultivates worship and adherence, rather than inner investigation into the nature of consciousness.

Culture: ideas, customs and social behaviour of a particular people or society.

Worship: Old English weorthscipe ‘worthiness, acknowledgement of worth’.

Cult: early 17th century from French culte or Latin cultus ‘worship’, from cult – ‘inhabited, cultivated’.

Culture war: a conflict between groups with different ideals, beliefs, philosophies, etc.

To transcend our limited existence,
we need the complete picture
in order for reason to shock us out of apathy.

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WHY DO WE SWITCH OFF?

Why Do We Switch off?

“I wasn’t aware I did 😉 ”
Exactly.

We are, by nature, consciousness. In truth, pure consciousness. This natural purity is the clarity of awareness; it’s how we come to know anything. This pure clarity is the light of wisdom. When we realise this naturalness, then we know we are switched on. The question is, “Why did we ever switch off?”

We may think we are switched on, but that’s not actually the case, as the light of consciousness is being ignored for something other. When the light of wisdom is off, we can still function – but in the dark. Darkness is our confusion about our reality. We try to make things work, but there is always something missing, and so we feel lost.

Our happiness in the dark is only due to us finding something to get hold of and cling to. This is what happens in a confused mind; we see darkly. When we cling to ideas, the light of wisdom is off (well, dimmed) because the light of consciousness is ignored, and so we clinging to desires because we fear the unknown. Unknowing is merely a result of not having received instruction on how to see our true reality. We still think the information itself is our reality, rather than the seeing of this information.

Becoming aware of our clinging to ideas is switching on the light of wisdom. That’s it! We just do not value or appreciate that that is our reality, rather than our job, family, religion, entertainment, shopping … We are so used to clinging to information, ideas and concepts about the dark side that we don’t realise how unhappy we actually are. We spend all our precious time being competitive and trying to make this darkness work. We need “the lamp that dispel darkness”.

When did we switch off?
We switch off the moment we cling to past information about ‘something over there’.
That ‘something over there’ is our self image clinging to some thing in the darkness.

When do we switch on?
We switch on the moment we stop clinging to past information about ‘something over there’.
That ‘something over there’ is now a reminder of our self image clinging to some thing in the darkness.

Never feel guilty about switching off. Once this is acknowledged, rejoice, celebrate and be confident that you are now switched on – and were never actually switched off! 😀

Instead of being naturally wise,
we believed otherwise.

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THEY MESS WITH YOUR MIND!

They Mess With Your Mind!

Who are they?
Thoughts that come from outside.

If we believe in those thoughts, we become messed up.
Pure consciousness cannot be messed up,
because it is uncontaminated being.

Here is the good news about being messed up:
once you are aware, nothing can control you.

The direct instruction into the very nature of mind occurs in the moment we see thoughts arising in the mind, because appearances and recognition are simultaneous. That is the realisation and the path to enlightenment.

Without knowing it, anyone who tries to mess with our mind – even unconsciously – sets us free.

The worse things get, the easier it is to see who knows the nature of mind, and who doesn’t; we recognise this in their reactions. Whoever they are, they are all enlightened nature but don’t yet realise it.

This is the sole reason for compassion, “for they know not what they do”! This type of compassion is challenging, and requires skill by first observing our own reactions.

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WHAT TO DO IN ‘LOCKDOWN’

What To Do In ‘Lockdown’

Clear up, and stop making more mess.
Clear the mind, and stop reacting.

The word ‘Buddha’ means realising the essence of mind (pure consciousness) and bringing an end to karmic effects (habitual reactions). This is done through meditation which calms the mind down to see clearly, and then we go about our day in a state of calmness and clarity. We make do and mend, inside and outside.

The world is changing fast and as we try to keep it ‘normal’, this normal is changing.
What does not change is our Buddha nature.

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EVIL PLAYING GOD

Evil Playing God

A new way to order society.

Evil looks for new ways to keep us in confusion.

Due to confusion, we reincarnated into a world of confusion, where Mara (demonic mentality) lies in ambush to take advantage of our confusion. This is the situation we are in – and this is the very reason to realise the state we are in.

Due to apathy, and lack of skill and understanding, we can be exploited. Evil will take advantage of any situation, to restructure society so that it can feed off it. In this way, evil plays God.

Don’t wander, don’t wander, place mindfulness on guard;
Along the road of distraction, Mara lies in ambush.
Mara is this mind, clinging to likes and dislikes.
So look into the essence of this magic, free from dualistic fixation.
Realise that your mind is unfabricated primal purity.
There is no buddha elsewhere; look at your own face.
There is nothing else to search for, rest in your own place.
Non-meditation is spontaneous perfection, so capture the royal seat.

– Tsoknyi Rinpoche 1st

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THE BATTLE OF GOOD AND EVIL

The Battle Of Good and Evil

This is the eternal battle of human consciousness,
not for human consciousness.

What is this good and evil?
It is the constant conflict in our own mind or consciousness.

Good is simply the purity of consciousness.
Evil is simply whatever obscures the purity of consciousness.

Realisation of this will depend of the level of our understanding.
As understanding refines, so obscurations drop away.

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“THE NEW NORMAL”

The New Normal”

Have you heard the latest expression, “the new normal”?
Have you heard the expression, “order out of chaos”?
Chaos creates confusion, and so enters a new normal.

As long as we are confused, we will never see clearly.
Seeing clearly is pure consciousness, our true reality,
which is never confused.

Relating to phenomena, we will live in a duality of conflicts.
The relative world is born out of confusion.
Non-duality is never confused.

Ignoring pure consciousness, we relate and fixate.
Losing the complete picture, we react.
These reactions create our emotions that control us.

Fears and hopes appear in the mind, which builds more relating.
Being caught and held by relating, we are imprisoned.
This has become habitual, and we regard it as normal.

The immunity passport, temperature drones, cashless society …
these are new normals to keep humanity ‘safe’.
The new normal means new restrictions; a new world order.

The new normal is just another version of beliefs.
Humanity has been governed by beliefs for thousands of years.
When we see that ‘normal’ isn’t normal, then we are free.

The only freedom that we will ever have is in consciousness.
When we realise this truth, we know our reality.
Consciousness comes first.

When we know that we are bound by beliefs,
we realise that pure consciousness is our normal,
and we don’t need a new one 😀

The relative world is all about change and how interesting that is.
Our ultimate reality is all about constancy; the reality of being.This is what the enlightened ones knew all along.

There is nothing new under the sun.
There has always been a battle of good and evil.
The moment we see obscurations, we are free.

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